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Orton Gillingham Associate Level Training

Dates: August 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 2016
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a scientifically-based multisensory instruction approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling to individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. The approach was named for a neurologist and pathologist, Samuel Torrey Orton and a psychologist and educator Anna Gillingham. They brought together neuroscience with the best education and remedial practices.

The Orton Gillingham Associate Level course will cover the rationale for using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, principles of instruction, knowledge of the English language and activities and teaching materials to develop evidence based instruction. The practicum requires participants to work with a student that has been diagnosed with dyslexia or at a high risk of a reading disability.

The Associate Level 45 hour course content will include:
• The administration of informal diagnostic assessments
• Creating OG lesson plans based on the OG format
• Neurological underpinning of dyslexia and the need of a dyslexia learners
• Phonological awareness
• Sound-symbol relations (alhebcitv ohoneicaap)
• Reliable spelling pattern
• Syllable structure of the English Language
• Morphemic statue of the English Language
• Diagnostic prescriptive teaching
• Research-based multisensory, direct and systematic instruction that can transfer to a multi-classroom setting
• Handwriting instruction
• Vocabulary Instruction
• Basic comprehension skills

The Associate Level Practicum will include:
• 100 hours of tutoring in a 1 to 1 setting
• 10 tutoring sessions will be observed
• Five – four hour (20 hours) practicum seminar sessions

Important Information:

(In addition, to the practicum seminar sessions, participants will work with their practicum student beginning in September and continuing to June. Candidates are observed 10 times.)
• October 1, 2016
• November 5, 2016
• January 7, 2017 (snow date January 16)
• March 11, 2017 (snow date March 18)
• May 8, 2017


The cost of the coursework and practicum field work with included materials is $3500. Payment is made to The Reading Institute.

6 Graduate Credits are available for an additional $300. Payment is made to Endicott College on the first day of the course.

Included in the training fee are the Orton-Gillingham manual, phonogram cards, workbooks, binder with handouts, and instructional aids ($300 value).

Register Early - Limited Enrollment

The Reading Institute
430 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

July 20, 2016

Cancel 10 days prior to training and receive a refund minus a $50 service charge. No refund for cancellations made within 3 days of the training.

Substitutions may be made. Please notify The Reading Institute, Inc. with the name of the alternate participant in advance.

Confirmation and directions will be mailed to each participant. You are not registered unless you receive a confirmation letter.

Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.

Laurie J. Cousseau, AOGPE (Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioner and Educators) Fellow, Director of the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute and the Green River Literacy and Learning Center in Great Barrington, has more than twenty years as an educator working in a variety of settings: independent schools, a public charter school, a working farm, and Amherst College. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Reading Education, holds Level II Vermont certifications as a Reading Specialist Pre K-12 and Middle Grades English Language Arts and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. In North Carolina, she was the Associate Director of Teacher Training at an Academy accredited school for dyslexic students, as well as Director and mentor of a regional Tutoring Resource. She has had extensive experience providing 1:1 and small group tutoring at both the Associate and Certified levels. She has served on a number of boards including the NC branch of the IDA. She has widely presented at a number of regional conferences and schools.

Earlier Event: August 8
Language Development & Disorders
Later Event: September 9
Reading, Writing and Spelling Assessment